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FROG 1964

FROG F263 MiG-21 Fishbed, Rovex Industries Ltd, 1968-69

Коробка FROG F263 MiG-21 Fishbed, Rovex Industries Ltd, 1970-73
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In 1967 the management of the Tri-Ang Group succeeded in concluding an undoubtedly historic agreement with Japan's Hasegawa Model Co Ltd. The efforts of IMA's and later Rovex's designers mainly focused on the development of British aircraft's model kits, while the rapidly expanding range of the Japanese company included the models of US aircraft. The two-way exchange of models gave both companies the opportunity to strengthen their position in their home markets by quickly filling gaps in their catalogues.

In 1968, Rovex began packing Hasegawa MiG-21 kits. Sales of the FROG F263 MiG-21 started in August 1968, just over six months after the Airfix MiG-21.


Frog has issued no fewer than five new kits, all to 1/72nd scale, during recent weeks, two of these representing WW II types, the Mosquito and the Ju 87G-1. and the remaining three representing current fighters, the MiG-21, the F-4K/M Phantom II, and the F-104G Starfighler.

The MiG-21 is another good kit, cleanly produced in somewhat streaky silver plastic and apparently accurate in outline. The component parts generally fit together well, although the manufacture of the fuselage spine and the fin integral with one fuselage half can cause difficulty. Surface detail is fine, but strangely includes Soviet insignia outlined on the surface itself, yet a really superb decal sheet includes Finnish, Jraqi and Egyptian markings as well as those of the Soviet Union. The F-104G Starfighter kit is generally of the same standard as the MiG, but is pressed in light grey plastic and offers a rather better fit of component parts. The decal sheet includes Danish, Dutch. Italian and Federal German markings, and is a real work of art. This is most probably the best 1/72nd scale Starfighter kit. and reasonably priced at 5s 9d in the UK.


Flying Review 1968-08

For the Mig-21, Hasegawa used large frames with sprues for the parts, so they did not fit into the standard FROG Green Series boxes, and special box were made for the first edition of this kit. The box was thinner, but wider and longer than the standard boxes, and the frames fit inside it completely. MiG-21F-13 IAF Fishbed

The author of the drawing for the first version of the Mig-21 boxart, Walter Wright, did three other drawings for other Hasegawa repacks: A-7 Corsair II, F-5 and F-104. Walter Wright illustrated some of the Profile Publication books, other aviation books and aviation magazines, but his collaboration with Rovex was limited to these boxsarts. FROG usually provided the artists with kits and decals when they commissioned drawings. Credit must be given to the author of the drawing, he made an effort to depict the MiG-21 with the characteristic feature of the model - the "waist" of the fuselage. But much more realistically the MiG-21 is shown in Colour painting guide on base of the box.

Artists often used photographs as the source material for drawings for FROG model boxarts. Sometimes the subject was taken entirely from a photograph, sometimes just the aircraft. In this case, a photograph of a flying MiG-21F-13 Indian Air Force fighter from a well-known official photo series was used. The artist enhanced the impression of perspective by moving the point of view closer to the aircraft and depicting the launch of K-13 missiles and, accordingly, had to redraw the tail and nose parts of the aircraft slightly. The Indian cockades were replaced with red stars and a Soviet Air Force style flight number was added.

Mikoyan-Gurevkh MiG-2lF (Fishbed-C)
F263 1968 -1969? G1(G) 190000 1xSoviet AF & 1xIraqi AF & 1xEgypt AF & 1xFinnish AF

Ex-Hasegawa. This was a dated kit which actually scaled out around 1/67. Like for the F-104, a large flat box had to be used at first, but was later exchanged for a standard one with new box art.

FROG model aircraft 1932-1976, R. Lines, L. Hellstrom

Рамка с литниками A FROG F263 MiG-21 Fishbed, Rovex Industries Ltd, 1970-73 Рамка с литниками B FROG F263 MiG-21 Fishbed, Rovex Industries Ltd, 1970-73 Фонарь FROG F263 MiG-21 Fishbed, Rovex Industries Ltd, 1970-73 Воздухозаборник с конусом FROG F263 MiG-21 Fishbed, Rovex Industries Ltd, 1970-73 Узел подвижного стабилизатора FROG F263 MiG-21 Fishbed, Rovex Industries Ltd, 1970-73
FROG 1964

FROG F263 MiG-21, Rovex Tri-Ang Limited, 1969-71

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Для второго издания решили изготовить коробки стандартных размеров. Но в стандартную коробку рамки с литниками целиком не помещались и, чтобы упаковать, их приходилось перекусывать.

Для верхней части коробки этого издания был выполнен новый рисунок. Художник Vic Carless заимствовал часть удачной композиции с рисунка на первой коробке японской модели. Хотелось бы отметить, что японские художники нередко добавляли драматизма сюжету, изображая пилота самолета со взглядом устремлённым на зрителя. На боксартах британских коробок такой элемент композиции практически никогда не использовался. В данном случае мы видим исключение из правила.

Инструкция, декаль и схема окраски на нижней части коробки для четырёх вариантов остались без изменений. Чтобы подчеркнуть чистокровное японское происхождение, на нижней части коробок Rovex-овских репаков наносилась надпись "Отлито в Японии".В 1970г очередные организационные изменения привели к смене названия подразделения, занимавшегося выпуском моделей, в связи с чем на нижней части коробки модели MiG-21 поменялось название компании с Rovex Industries Ltd на Rovex Tri-ang Ltd. Увы, на этот раз организационные изменения не решили проблем и осенью 1971г группа компаний Lines Broth. рухнула под тяжестью долгов. Тем не менее, деятельность компании Rovex, занимавшейся выпуском сборных моделей FROG, оставалась успешной и под банковские гарантии производство продолжалось. В январе 1972г Rovex-Triang Ltd был приобретен одним из гигантов игрушечной индустрии - Dunbee-Combex-Marx. После смены собственника в производство запустили серию из четырёх моделей Hasegawa в масштабе 1/32.

Несмотря на очевидные недостатки модель пользовалась стабильной популярностью и за три года FROG смог выпустить 190000 экземпляров обоих изданий. В настоящее время модель несложно приобрести на аукционе Ebay по цене от 7-ми фунтов. Первые японские издания со старым логотипом компании купить намного сложнее и цена на них может превышать цену на фроговский репак в пять-семь раз.

1/72 scale MiG 21 kits.

The MiG 21, especially in its later forms, is one of my favourite modern aircraft. Whereas the Phantom and Lightning impress and delight me by their magnificent awesome sense of power, the MiG 21 pleases because of its elegant aerodynamic design. It achieves a similar performance to the other two fighters on comparatively low power. It has beautiful, yet simple lines. In my view the enlarged intake design and fattening aft of the hood, along the spine, of the MiG 21PF, 'FL and 'M have enhanced the appearance of this classic tailed, thin delta wing fighter.

There have been several attempts to produce satisfactory MiG 21 models in 1/72 scale. Up to now all the kits have been of the MiG 21F (known by the NATO code-name of Fishbed C). The Airfix kit is possibly the most accurate, although it looks a little slim. The Frog/ Hasegawa kit suffers from excessive fuselage waisting. At one time many GAs showed this feature, although the most recent photographic evidence shows no evidence that any waisting is present.

It is a widespread, but mistaken belief that an aeroplane has to have fuselage waisting to conform to the area rule, and many people assumed that the MiG 21 would have to be waisted to achieve level supersonic performance. In a true area-ruled-aeroplane the total cross-sectional areas of all the components across a given point are taken into account, and this is calculated at given points at intervals throughout the entire aircraft from nose to tail. This would be like cutting through an aircraft, say, across the centre, and calculating the cross sectional area of each component cut through, possibly the main fuselage, parts of the wings, drop tanks, and fuselage spine. The sum total of all these areas is then plotted on a graph to produce a theoretical curve from nose to tail. The ideal aircraft shape should be as near to a perfect curve as possible, but on most supersonic aircraft there has to be some compromise between the ideal shape and operational necessity.

The waisting on some aircraft is a convenient way of conforming to the theoretical curve by subtracting the sum of the wing cross sectional area from the fuselage at a given point, but this is not essential if the wing is very thin and the fuselage is designed skilfully. Some aeroplanes have bulges added in certain places to fill up local deficiences in cross sectional area, such as the widened area aft of the wing on the Buccaneer fuselage and the aerodynamic "carrots" added to the trailing edge of the wing of the Victor Mk 2. It may be that the local enlargement of the spine aft of the cockpit hood on the MiG 21 in its later variants is as much connected with improved aerodynamics as to increase internal fuel.

To return to MiG 21 kits: Heller fairly recently produced a MiG 21 F but this is very inaccurate. The wing is set at an extraordinary angle of incidence and the rear fuselage ends in a peculiar flat ellipse (with presumably an elliptical jet pipe!).

Now we have a new 1/72 scale kit from Matchbox, and this time the MiG 21 FL Fishbed E is the type. This is a very welcome model, but sad to say it has a number of faults and omissions which need to be worked upon. Nevertheless, the basis is there to make the best MiG 21 model yet.

The rear fuselage is too slender and the jet pipe is somewhat elliptical, but fortunately the large fin and rudder and ventral fin tend to obscure these errors. The enlarged spine aft of the canopy is not sufficiently pronounced. On my model I slightly raised the canopy at the back by adding thin wedges of plastic card beneath it and then a new bulged spine fairing was made from the rear portion of a Phantom underwing tank half—with marked improvement in the appearance of the model. Alternatively, the bulged spine could be built up with body putty.

The nose cone centrebody looks about the right size but the intake area does not look sufficient. The front part of the fuselage down to the intake lip seems to have too much taper, but this could be easily revised because the front fuselage is built up in two parts. It would be quite easy to replace the extreme front component with a slightly larger diameter intake and to add a new nose cone. The enlargement of the intake should only be slight, with general straightening of the extreme front fuselage.

One feature of late series MiG 21's which is missing from this model is the addition of bulges on the fuselage made necessary when larger diameter tyres were fitted. These were introduced to cope with the increased all-up weight and to permit the fighter to operate from rougher airfields. Bulges were added either side of the wheel bay openings beneath the wing, and on the fuselage sides above the wing.

The undercarriage units could also be improved. The mainwheel units in particular look very flimsy. The mainwheels too could be thicker. The nose wheel unit leg is likewise thin.

A long-range tank is included in the kit for installation under the fuselage, but the wing-mounted K-13A missiles are not supplied. These are the primary armament of the MiG 21 and should be installed under the wings Sidewinders from any 1/72 scale kit would be satisfactory as substitutes.

Decals supplied give markings for Soviet and Czechoslovakian Air Forces.

This is a long-awaited model and one, which, with alteration, can be made into a good representation of the MiG 21. It costs 25p.

James Goulding

Aircraft Illustrated 1974-07 Vol.07 No.07

Mikoyan-Gurevkh MiG-2lF (Fishbed-C)
F263 1969 -1973 G1(G) 1xSoviet AF & 1xIraqi AF & 1xEgypt AF & 1xFinnish AF

FROG model aircraft 1932-1976, R. Lines, L. Hellstrom

FROG 1964

Hasegawa JS-012 MiG-21, ハセガワ ミグ21, 1966

Взлёт пары МиГов-21 Коробка Hasegawa JS-012:200 MiG-21 Fishbed, 1966

Летом 1962г японская компания Hasegawa выпустила свою первую пластиковую масштабную модель, а с середины 60-х прекратила выпуск своей традиционной продукции, изготавливавшейся из дерева, и полностью переключилась на выпуск пластиковых моделей. В это же время конструкторы компании подготовили линейку пластиковых моделей современных реактивных самолётов в масштабе 1/72. Линейка моделей включала: McDonnell F-4 Phantom II Battle Bomber, Mig-21 Fishbed Interceptor Warfighter, F-104J Starfighter Interceptor Battlefighter, F- 105D Thunderchief Battle Bomber, F-5 Freedom Fighter Light fighter. Каждая из этих моделей поступила в продажу одна за другой в течение 1966г по цене 300 иен, что в то время составляло около одного доллара США. (Что интересно, на приведённом изображении коробки указана цена 200 иен, редко встречаются издания с ценой 250 йен. В Японии, находившейся в условиях американской оккупации, использовалась американская система, когда после артикула товара через тире или двоеточие указывалась его цена.)

К сегодняшнему дню десятки модельных фирм выпустили сотни переизданий своих моделей МиГ-21, но в 1966-м году модель Hasegawa MiG-21 была самой первой. В апреле 1966г поступил в продажу Фантом, а МиГ-21 - в мае. Продажи Airfix MiG-21 стартовали только в январе 1968 года. К этому времени МиГ-21 уже продемонстрировал свои выдающиеся боевые качества в воздушных боях во Вьетнаме в обстановке подавляющего воздушного превосходства со стороны американской авиации, проявил себя в небе Кубы во время Карибского кризиса 1962г и, несмотря на то, что успехи истребителя тщательно замалчивались средствами массовой информации Запада, стал знаменит на стороне противников СССР. Более того, ко времени выпуска японской модели самолёт поступил на вооружение Индии и капиталистической страны - Финляндии. Тем не менее, в том числе из-за обстановки секретности в самом СССР и требования к странам-покупателям самолёта о базировании его на строго охраняемых базах о самолёте в то время было известно немного фактических данных. Поэтому модель конструкторы Hasegawa создавали по немногочисленным фотографиям, используя собственное воображение для реконструкции его вида.

Длина фюзеляжа модели и размах крыла получились на пару сантиметров больше для масштаба 1/72. Макетчики компании Hasegawa предположили, что фюзеляж МиГ-21 не может не быть спроектирован без учёта правила площадей, поэтому модель получила изящную талию. Модель имела специальный узел, воспроизводивший подвижное цельноповоротное горизонтальное оперение. Отдельной деталью был отлит воздухозаборник с центральным телом. Передние кромки воздухозаборника имели острые края, а центральное тело воздухозаборника по своей форме выглядело похожим на МиГ-21Ф, но было заметно больше по размеру и занимало неестественно выдвинутое положение в воздухозаборнике. К сожалению боковые тормозные щитки отсутствовали, но задний тормозной щиток снизу фюзеляжа был дан отдельной деталью. На обоих половинках деталей фюзеляжа по его бортам были воспроизведены автоматические противопомпажные створки в открытом положении. По стандартам середины 60-х деталировка кабины полностью отсутствовала, Пустоту внутри заполнял собой пилот-карлик приклеивавшийся к чудной тумбе на полике кабины, а заголовник катапультируемого кресла отливался на половинках фюзеляжа. Прозрачная деталь остекления кабины имела трудноудаляемую внутреннюю гравировку, что не было редкостью для моделей того периода. Технологически легче было нанести гравировку на выпуклой части формы для фонаря кабины и такой способ в то время часто использовался. К сожалению форма фонаря лишь отдалённо напоминала оригинал, а из-за внутренних линий расшивки переплёт фонаря получался непропорционально толстым. Кроме этого, отсутствовало остекление неподвижной части фонаря. Этот элемент остекления кабины был изображён внешней расшивкой на половинках фюзеляжа. Вооружение самолёта состояло из одной пушки по правому борту. Обтекатели правой пушки и снятой левой отливались заодно с половинками фюзеляжа. На пилонах очень похожих на АПУ-28 монтировались две ракеты К-13, а на пилоне под центральной частью фюзеляжа - подвесной 800-л топливный бак. Все эти детали давались отдельными частями и легко могли быть доработаны. Ниши шасси были выполнены отверстиями в фюзеляже и тоже требовали доработки.

The second model in the new HASEGAWA Jet Fighter Series is the MiG-21.

Hasegawa, in line with most Japanese firms, have redesigned their boxes and the packing for this latest kit looks most attractive.

This is a simple kit, and the only parts that move are the one-piece tailplane sections and the wheels. In order to obtain sharp leading and trailing edges the rudder is moulded with one of the fuselage halves, and the wings have an inset panel on the underside. These wings are perhaps the best moulding in the kit, with the fences and teardrop hinges very well handled. All parts are in a rather too dark grey which will give painting problems, as most of these aircraft are in natural metal finish. The kit is correctly to scale, the outline is correct, and it seems to have all the panels and blisters in the right places for a Fishbed C. Some of the small parts have a bit of flash but the main parts are cleanly moulded with only panel lines, which could have been lighter, to break the contours. For some peculiar reason the stars of the Russian insignia have been moulded into the parts, peculiar because a very reasonable matt decal sheet provides Russian, Chinese and Czechoslovakian markings, the latter two of course not conforming to the moulded outlines. On a point of detail, although China has the 3 version of this aircraft, I am not sure that Russian aid ran to the C version - of course I could take the train to Canton to find out, but that may be the end of this feature in the Magazine for a year or two!

Two Atoll missiles and a belly tank are the only stores carried by this simple but welcome addition to Japanese plastic kits.

Colin Bramwell.

The IPMS magazine, october 1966"


In much the same performance bracket if somewhat smaller and lighter than Saab's Draken, the MiG-21 can, from certain aspects, be considered the fighter of the mid sixties in the same way that its forefather, the MiG-15, was the fighter of the early fifties. We do not intend to infer, of course, that either the MiG-15 or MiG-21 have been the best in their respective generations, although few would deny that, despite certain obvious shortcomings, they are superlative aeroplanes; world events, however, have brought them into the public eye to a greater extent than most of their western contemporaries. In view of the publicity achieved by this Soviet fighter, it is more than a little surprising that no kit of the MiG-21 has been available before now, and that the first should come from the Japanese Hasegawa company.

To 1/72nd scale, Hasegawa's MiG-21 is, in general, a good representation of its subject, although its quality is lower than comparable western kits in some respects. There is a good deal of flash, the injection gates are heavy, and the fit of some of the component parts is not as precise as might be desired. Moreover, the kit is moulded in grey rather than silver plastic, which would seem a little odd for a model of an aircraft which is invariably flown in natural metal finish. These faults can be rectified, however, if care is taken in assembly, and as the kit is accurate in outline and neatly detailed, the result can be a very attractive model. The transfer sheet offers Soviet, Sino-Communist and Czechoslovak markings, and is well produced, but for some inexplicable reason the Soviet star emblem is impressed into the plastic surfaces, rendering difficult the satisfactory use of any marking other than Russian! The price of the model is not known at the time of writing but is unlikely to be high, and in view of the interest of the subject is well worth obtaining.


Flying Review 1967-02"

 Коробка Hasegawa JS-012:200 MiG-21 Fishbed, 1970

В конце 60-х, когда уже было заключено соглашение об обмене отливками с компанией Rovex, японская компания обновила стиль коробок: главной особенностью стал рисунок самолёта на белом фоне, появилась эмблема компании в виде шлема с указанием масштаба и изменился логотип на черно-красном прямоугольнике с наименованием компании. Артикул, отливки модели, её цена, инструкции и декали остались прежними.

 Коробка Hasegawa JS-012:200 MiG-21 Fishbed, 1970

Во второй половине 70-х пресс-форму отреставрировали и незначительно переработали для третьего переиздания набора Hasegawa JS-012. Убрали узел подвижного цельноповоротного горизонтального оперения, сделав его неподвижным, заглушили ниши шасси в фюзеляже и противопомажные створки, а также удалили гравировку звёзд.

 Коробка Hasegawa JS-012:200 MiG-21 Fishbed, 1970

В 1980-м году компания Hasegawa сменила систему артикулов своих моделей. Вероятно это было связано с тем, что прежняя трёхразрядная нумерация моделей в каталоге компании далеко превысила сотню. Многие модели давно покинули каталог и такая нумерация стала слишком громоздкой и малопонятной. В очередном переиздании Mig-21 Fishbed попал в серию C и получил артикул C002-450. Из-за роста цен, вызванного инфляцией в Японии, модель стала стоить 450 йен (~$4,5). Что интересно, рисунок на коробке, изображавший взлёт пары арабских МиГ-ов, напоминал рисунок с первого варианта коробок.

С годами появлялось всё больше новых моделей истребителя МиГ-21, они становились всё точнее, их деталировка - всё совершеннее и постепенно модель Hasegawa переходила в категорию "совсем не нужна". Как это ни странно, но она до последнего времени оставалась в продаже и Hasegawa продолжала её выпуск и переиздание. Сейчас эта модель не является дефицитной и, скорее всего, представляет из себя предмет гордости для компании Hasegawa и некий курьёз для коллекционеров моделей.

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UPC-Hasegawa 5076:100 MiG-21, Universal Powermaster Corporation, USA

Boxart UPC-Hasegawa 5076:100 MiG-21, Universal Powermaster Corporation, USA 1968
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AMT-Hasegawa A-623:100 MiG-21, Aluminum Model Toys Corp, USA

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  • AIRFIX 1967

    Airfix MiG-21 Fishbed C, 1967

    AIRFIX MiG-21F (Fishbed-C). 1/72 scale. Price 3/3. (U.K.)

    We are informed that there has recently been a considerable upsurge of interest in models of present-day jet fighters, and to those who follow this trend, Airfix's MiG-21F will be most welcome. The designation given herein is the correct one, there being no letter 'O in the Russian alphabet1.

    It is an accurate, neatly produced and easily-assembled model of this widely-used Soviet fighter. Surface detail is fine, and the transfer sheet, which includes Russian, Czech, and Finnish markings, is well-printed, though unfortunately matt-finished. Like those of most high-speed aircraft to-day, the markings applied to MiG's are glossy, and both the appearance of the markings and the strength of the transfer film will be improved by a coat of gloss varnish.

    This kit is a typical Airfix product, and as such very good value for money at its low price.

    The IPMS magazine, Vol.5 No.10, NOVEMBER 1967


    Artem Mikoyan's MiG-21 is by now so well known internationally that it is possible for Western kit manufacturers to issue models of this formidable Soviet interceptor with nothing more than normal criticism of the quality of the kit itself, and Airfix is the second company to do so. Airfix's 1/72nd scale kit represents the standard MiG-21 F day fighter, or Fishbed-C, but the company has fallen into the increasingly common trap of referring to the fighter as the "MiG-21 C", presumably believing the "C" to indicate the third version of the design. Apart from the fact that the Russians do not use this method for indicating sub-variants of military aircraft types, the equivalent of "C" comes towards the end of the Cyrillic alphabet.

    Incorrectly labelled though this kit may be, it nevertheless makes up into an accurate and neatly-produced model. Its component parts fit together well, surface detail is fine, and the quality of the silver plastic is good. The transfer sheet offers markings for Soviet, Finnish and Czechoslovak aircraft, and is well printed, although its matt finish would seem hardly appropriate for a high-speed aircraft such as this. At its UK price of 3s 3d, Airfix's MiG-21 F is good value.

    Whereas Airfix's Russian offering sports a non-Soviet designation, the East German VEB K-V has produced a kit of a Soviet type which was not, to the best of our knowledge, ever built! This kit depicts the Yak-24P to 1/100th scale. The Yak 24 was, of course, built in some numbers as an assault helicopter for the Soviet armed forces, and Alexander Yakovlev's design bureau projected several commercial versions for Aeroflot use, one of these being the turbine-powered Yak-24P, but these all came to nought in the face of competition from Mikhail Mil's bureau.

    If the modeller ignores the fact that the Yak-24P was never built and wishes to add a novelty to his collection, then the VEB K-V product is worth acquiring. The pressings are clean, the plastic is of high quality, the detail is respectable, and the component parts fit together well. Indeed, a leading Western kit manufacturer who examined this model commented favourably on its general quality.

    NEW KITS (latest review copies received)
    Airfix Mikoyan MiG-21 F 1/72nd 3s 3d (UK)

    RAF Flying Review January, 1968, Vol. 23, No. 5


    I.M.C. MiG 21D. 1/72 scale, 1969

    MIG-21D IMC 486-100 , Industro Motive Corporation, 1969
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    I.M.C. MiG 21D. 1/72 scale. Price S1.00 (U.S.A.)

    In their description of this model, I.M.C. have fallen into the same error as Airfix. There is no such aircraft as a MiG-21D; the kit actually represents the MiG-21PF or 'Fishbed D' all-weather fighter. As such, it is very welcome, as all previous kits of the MiG have depicted the normal day-fighter variant, and the differences between the two are considerable.

    Much the same remarks apply to this kit as to the Skyhawk received above, but of the two, this one is the better. The parts fit together more precisely, and surface detail, though still heavy, is neater. Like the Skyhawk, it has the basic virtue of being accurate in outline.

    The decal sheet is neatly printed, but of dubious accuracy. We cannot say definitely that it is inaccurate, as information on MiG markings is not easy to come by, but we have certainly never seen the Red Star insignia of the Soviet Union on a circular white background on any but wartime lend-lease aircraft. An elaborate camouflage scheme is drawn in the instruction sheet, which like-wise we cannot vouch for, and North Korea definitely does not use yellow stars outlined in red as a national marking — this was at one time thought to be the national markings of North Vietnam. It is therefore best when assembling this model to play safe and apply standard Soviet stars to a natural metal finish.

    This is a very topical model and well worth having despite its faults, especially at its comparatively low price.

    The IPMS magazine, JUNE 1969 VOL. 6 No.6

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    SOVIET STATE FACTORY. MiG-21. 1/50 scale

    SOVIET STATE FACTORY. MiG-21. 1/50 scale. Price unknown.

    The Russians are gradually learning how to make plastic models, and this latest product, though far from reaching Western standards is a good deal better than anything they have made so far.

    Representing the standard MiG-21 F (Fishbed C) Day fighter, it is accurate in outline. The parts, which fit together well are moulded in silver plastic of quite good quality. Surface detail is of the straight — line type, and though on the heavy side, is quite acceptable. Unfortunately, the control-surface hinge-lines are also raised, and so, quite incredibly, are the positions of the national insignia. Why this should be done we simply cannot understand - fortunately, the markings are not difficult to file away. Another very serious feature is the blocking up of most of the area of the jet exhaust with a moulded bulkhead. The canopy is somewhat cloudy, but is accurate in shape.

    The kits worst fault is the wing section, which is sharp at the leading edge and rounded at the trailing edge! This can be corrected, as the section is quite thick, but to do so necessitates a good deal of tedious filing.

    There are no decals, and these will have to be provided from one of the proprietary sets available.

    For the modeller who prefers a larger scale than 1/72, this kit will be quite acceptable.

    The IPMS magazine, JUNE 1969 VOL. 6 No.6